Newsletter & prayer update from Daniel Benoit, Camp Wilderness Ridge Apprentice
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Working at camp has been exhausting, challenging, and adventurous all at the same time! For the past four summers, I have been a counselor or a SALT for at least three weeks of Summer Camp. However, I am seeing the tremendous amount of work that goes into camp even during the remainder of the year. It is amazing to me that preparations are already being made for Summer Camp 2015!!! For my first three months as full-time staff, I am seeing the tremendous amount of care, effort, and sacrifice that all of my fellow staff put into camp so that everyone can have a great experience!
As Apprentice I have had the privilege of working on an array of different tasks and projects. During my first week as apprentice, I helped with the completion of the new chapel facility at our old camp site. Also, I have had the privilege to work on such things as wood working, and food service, which happens to be one of my favorite things. Working at camp, so far, has been very much a learning experience for me.
Because of my interest in food service, the camp has paid for me to take a class on food safety and become food safety certified. In the past couple of months, I have had extra practice with food service, as I have had the opportunity to help out in the kitchen on weekends. Particular things such as planning menus, and calculating portions have been on my agenda for the retreat season. For three weekends, I was even given the opportunity of being head cook!!
I have had many opportunities to grow spiritually and study God's word through Bible studies with my ellow camp staff and through the support-raising process at camp. Through many staff Bible studies, my relationship with God and my fellow staff members has grown stronger. In addition, two other staff members and I have been studying the Bible through a book called "Twelve Ways to Unlock God's Word." Studying with this book has helped me to get even more out of the Bible as I study it. Also I am learning how to trust God for my salary as I raise my own support at camp.
I don't want to end on a bad note, but I would like to mention this since it is a serious prayer request. On the day before Thanksgiving, my fourteen year old sister Elisabeth suffered a serious stroke, causing her to stay in the hospital for nearly a week and causing her to lose some of her memory. She has been recovering since the stroke but has to take regular medications for an extended period of time.
Thank you so much for the support and prayers thus far. Here are some updated prayer requests:
- For my sister's complete recovery and my family as we all adjust to the changes there will be.
- For me as I continue to get my support-raising process up and running. Also, pray that I will continue to trust God for my support at camp.
- That my work at camp would be honoring to God and that I would continue to grow spiritually as I continue to work at camp.
- For camp and its ministries. Thank God for all of the groups that have come out this fall season.
- That many groups would have a great experience at camp in the upcoming season.
Well, that is all for now! Again, thanks for all the prayers and support already!